Cardboard Tube Angel
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 6 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
This lovely little cardboard tube angel is the perfect recycling craft for Christmas. She’s singing to the Heavens and wants you to join in! Also makes a great Easter craft for kids.
What you'll need:
- Cardboard tube
- Felt: white, light blue, yellow and peach
- 3 gold glittery chenille stems
- 6 small silk flowers
- 3 miniature pom poms, any pastel color
- 6” each of gold ribbon and white sheer ribbon
- Acrylic paint: pink and peach
- Fine tip markers: black and red
- 3 cotton balls
- Paint brush
- White craft glue or hot glue gun
How to make it:
- Paint the front top section of the cardboard tube with peach paint. Let dry and repeat for a second coat. Let dry completely. Use a scruffed up paint brush or cotton swab to dab on some pink paint for cheeks.
- Using the patterns, cut out the wings, song book, hands, dress, and hair. For the hair simply trace around the outline and cut out. The other lines are in the pattern just to use as a guide for fringing the hair (see step 5).
- Using the wing that you cut out as a guide, bend two gold chenille stems, outlining the wings. Glue gold chenille onto the white wings and set aside.
- Glue the dress onto the cardboard tube, ensuring that the peach painted face is in the front and the seams of the white felt dress are in the back. Trim if needed.
- Use a pair of scissors to fringe the bangs and the rest of the hair. Position the hair over the top of the cardboard tube. Once you have it in place, bangs centered over the peach painted section, glue in place.
- Glue the blue song book to the front of the dress, then glue the peach hands overlapping the sides of the song book.
- Glue white silk flowers to the angel’s hair, three on each side, use the mini pom poms as the centers of the flowers.
- Place the gold and sheer white ribbon together and tie into a bow. Trim the ends and glue to the front of the angel near the neck line.
- Wrap one end of the remaining gold chenille stem around something round to create the halo. Twist at the end of the circle to keep it in place and bend the rest of the chenille stem to point downward. Keep about 2-3” for the stem of the halo and trim off the rest. Glue to the side of the angel’s hair.
- Use black marker to draw on eyes, eyelashes and dot on nose. Use red marker to draw on mouth.
- Glue wings to the back.
- Styrofoam cones are available at your local craft supply store and in some discount department stores.
- Change the color of the felt to a lighter green or even white for a different twist, or pick a different color of chenille for the garland.
- If you don’t have craft jewels, use buttons or pony beads for the ornaments.
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